Title: A Thousand Sleepless Nights
Author: Michael King
Summary: A family torn apart by neglect and hurt…And brought together again by a most unlikely force In the 1970s, escaping a home where he knew nothing but violence and hate, Jim Harding found work, and love, on the largest horse ranch in Virginia. The object of his affections, Nena St. Claire, is the daughter of the owner—a man who ruled his ranch with an iron fist and would do whatever it took to keep Nena and Jim apart. Against the wishes of her family, Nena marries Jim, and after her father dies, she sacrifices everything—including her family—to keep the ranch alive. Now their three grown children have lives of their own and want nothing to do with Nena. She was never the mother they needed. When cancer strikes and Nena is given a devastating diagnosis, can Jim reconcile the family before it is too late?
My Thoughts: A Thousand Sleepless Nights by Michael King is one of those books I knew would be good. You see, Michael King is a pen name used by Mike Dellosso, an author whose writing I’ve always really liked. He has a way with words that I loved even more in this book. I think because this book isn’t constant suspense-filled action his writing really shines. The story is great, but I found myself appreciating the writing even more. I love his descriptions – he has ways of stating things that make it very easy to the reader to know exactly what he’s trying to say. Exactly.
The characters are great. I thought they were all well-developed and quite interesting. Each of the main characters – Jimmy, Nena, and each of their kids – is relatable. And I didn’t find a single one annoying at all. The reader can understand their motivation and why they are they way they are. Enough is shared about them – both through their part of the story and through the others’ parts as well. There were times that I felt I wanted to know a bit more about the characters – especially the “kids” – but I still was satisfied by what was shared.
I think my favorite part was Jimmy’s reminiscing about how he and Nena came together. Their story was interesting and full of surprises. I loved it!
I am very much looking forward to seeing what more Michael King has in store for his readers! This is one author whose books I’ll make a point to read.
Source: Sent by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Challenges: Counts for Free Reads 2012.
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